CD Wire - September 13, 2021

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities enhance their well-being
and create social, economic, and environmental conditions
in which they can thrive.
OSU Extension Community Development

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award: Nomination Time

The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award nominations are due October 15. The nomination form is posted here.

Raymond A. Schindler Ray Schindler was one of the first Extension CD professionals in Ohio. Hired in 1962 as an Area Extension Agent, Ray began his career based in Hillsboro serving seven southern Ohio counties. He was then assigned the position of District Extension Specialist serving 17 Northwest Ohio counties headquartered in Fremont. He finished his career serving 16 Southeast Ohio counties based in Belle Valley, retiring in 1988. Interestingly, much of Ray’s early leadership and organization work continues today: comprehensive planning, community facilities development, tourism and recreation, BRE, environmental quality - on a community, county and/or multi-county basis. We thank Ray for his contributions to our profession, then and now.

The award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career with a $1500 award (pre-tax). The awardee’s accomplishments must have value beyond their assigned work location; they must document long term strengths in teaching and research; exhibit a long-standing record of teamwork and collaboration in program planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as a successful track record in grant awards, cost recovery or other external funding. The awardees must also exhibit evidence of professional development and service to the profession.

Please consider nominating a Community Development professional today.

Farm Science Review September 21, 22, and 23: Volunteers Needed

Farm Science Review Farm Science Review is next week. Much work and preparation has gone into this event this year to provide a great review in a safe manner. Governor DeWine, President Johnson, and Dean Kress will be visiting many of our education sites on Tuesday, September 21.

Volunteers are still needed, and I hope you will consider volunteering to support our ANR Colleagues.

Here are the tasks that FSR is seeking assistance with:

  • Administering Surveys: A smaller building in OSU Central will be the location where we will ask visitors to provide us feedback on iPads in a Qualtrics survey. A promotional item will be given to participants to thank them for their time. Experience with tablets is helpful but help from OCIO will be available for IT support.
  • Information Booths: The open-air booths are staffed with two workers to distribute programs and assist visitors with finding their way on site. The program and online directory are two tools for you to use if you have limited (or no) experience with FSR. Requirements are friendliness and willingness to help find answers to visitor needs.
  • New at Farm Science Review this year is the need for volunteers to fill the shifts for Farm Science Review Live and the iFarm Immersive Theater. Roles with these two program areas can include assisting with the technology if you have those skills but also crowd control and general support.

For employees that do not have budgets for mileage, please indicate to Sarah ( or your need for mileage reimbursement and worktags will be provided. Work with your supervisor for approval for travel.

Please click here to express your interest by providing your information and availability.

Strategic Alignment Update: Fall Road Show Registration due by September 15

2021 OSU Extension Road Shows OSU Extension leadership will be hosting several road shows this fall for a chance to reflect, reconnect, and refocus.

We will reflect on the past year, what we learned during the keys/values workshops this spring, and what we have heard during our strategic alignment listening sessions so far. We also will reflect on unconscious bias and learn how to be more intentional about inclusive hiring practices and within our culture overall. We will reconnect with our colleagues as we transition to a “next now,” adjust how best to work together within our office environments, and begin meeting even more often in-person once again with partners and clientele. We will refocus on our strategic efforts and organizational values/mission as we look to continually improve our partnerships, programs, products, processes, and support for our people and those we serve.

Register by Wednesday, September 15 for one of the in-person sessions or the virtual session. The dates and locations are:

  • October 4 – Shisler Conference Center ballroom (Wooster)
  • October 11 – Operations in Caldwell (Belle Valley)
  • October 22 – OSU South Centers Research Administration Building (Piketon)
  • November 8 – Ward Pavilion (Toledo)
  • November 22 – Calumet Center (Dayton)
  • November 23 – virtual (via Zoom)

A boxed lunch will be provided for the in-person sessions. There is no cost to attend, although mileage should be covered by each unit/individual who is attending. The tentative agenda and registration form are available here.

EAC Reflect. Reconnect. Refocus

Extension Annual Conference Request for Proposals Please mark your calendars for our Extension Annual Conference, coming this December 7-9! The hope is to see everyone online as we connect with colleagues to celebrate our work and celebrate each other, while we also talk about trust and leadership as we look ahead!

The theme for this year is Reflect. Reconnect. Refocus. In 2020, we adapted to change in all aspects of our lives, due to many circumstances beyond our control. We went above and beyond to fulfill our mission and provide exceptional virtual programming, communication, and training to Ohioans throughout the state.

Please consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, poster, or Engage in 5 session. Click here to review the Request for Proposals guidelines and use a direct link to submit your own proposal(s). All proposals are due this Wednesday, September 15 by 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions about the RFP process, email ShaLise Simmons ( or Debby Lewis ( with the LOD team.

Have a great day and remember: "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." -Confucius



Implicit Associations, Insidious Assumptions: Unintended Manifestations of Bias in Everyday Life - September 15:

Explicit and Implicit Biases This 90-minute introductory webinar (12 - 1:30 p.m.) will provide an overview of the types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on implicit bias.

Explore how our socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that influence how we treat and view others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases. During the session participants will complete and discuss an Implicit Association Test (IAT) – a tool that can help users identify hidden associations.

Register here. Please direct all other inquiries to the facilitator, Dr. Leo Taylor ( This webinar will also be offered on November 23.

Getting the Green Light for Green Infrastructure: Considerations and Resources for Success - September 15:

Getting the Green Light for Green Infrastructure Communities are increasing turning to green infrastructure to reach stormwater management goals.

With green infrastructure, we see beautiful gardens and walkways, but perhaps more important are the things we can’t see. Communities must consider financing, ordinances, state and federal regulatory requirements, and public input in their decision making and planning processes.

This edition of The Current will feature a deep dive into resources that can help communities do green infrastructure right. The webinar will be held on September 15 at 3 p.m. (ET). Register here.

Featured Speakers:

  • Paula Conolly, Director, Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange: "The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange: Challenges and Success Stories"
  • Harry Zhang, Program Director, The Water Research Foundation: "Advancing Green Infrastructure Practices through CLASIC Life Cycle Cost Tool and Co-Benefit Analysis"
  • John Watson, Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago: "Greening Chicagoland for Reduced Flooding"

Upcoming CFAES Sessions for Research Community:

CFAES Research Professional Development Opportunities The CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education offers sessions throughout the year and compiles other opportunities offered through various internal and external sources that may be of interest to the research community. View a full list of events here.

Some fall sessions that may be of interest include:

  • Budgeting on Sponsored Programs Proposals - September 28 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    This 1.5-hour workshop geared toward staff covers the process of budgeting for sponsored programs, particular items of costs common to research projects, federal regulation, F&A rates and bases, and fringe benefits rates. Learn how allowability and other factors affect budget building for research proposals.

  • Appointing People on Sponsored Programs - October 14 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Types of faculty appointments; time and effort reporting, key personnel, GRAs, post docs, others (making appointments and monitoring those appointments), off-duty compensation, release time appointments, supplemental compensation.

  • Cost-sharing on Sponsored Programs - October 28 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Review of how to budget cost-sharing in proposals, gain approval from the department and college, and book cost-sharing after an award is made.

  • Purchasing on Sponsored Programs - November 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Differences and similarities of purchasing on sponsored programs vs. general funds, basic rules and regulations, human subjects/petty cash, field work.

ACEL to Extension begins September 30 - Register Now:

ACEL to Extension The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) will once again offer a workshop series geared specifically to OSU Extension personnel.

See below for information on the upcoming series, which will begin on September 30 and run through May 5, 2022. All sessions will be at 9 a.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. This information is also available at

Please note, each session requires separate registration:

  1. September 30, 2021 - Trends and Issues that May Impact Extension! - Jerry Thomas
  2. October 7, 2021 - Emotional Intelligence - Jeff King
  3. November 18, 2021 - "Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars That Drive Results" Discussion - Brian Raison
  4. January 20, 2022 - Dealing with Difficult People - Jeff King
  5. February 10, 2022 - How the Brain Learns - Shannon Washburn
  6. March 24, 2022 - Learner Engagement - Caryn Filson
  7. April 14, 2022 - Data Visualization - Annie Specht
  8. May 5, 2022 - Tips and Tricks for Managing Your Time - Scott Scheer

If you have questions or need additional information, contact either co-project manager, Jared Morrison ( or Beth Flynn (

Engaged Practitioners Network Meeting - October 1:

The next meeting of the Engaged Practitioners Network will take place October 1 at 10 a.m. The network is for those Ohio State staff who are working in spaces of community outreach and engagement. They will provide an opportunity for sharing best practices as well as networking with colleagues across campus. Their hope is to amplify collaborations, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities. Read more.

Cybersecurity Days - October 6 and 13:

Cybersecurity Days 2021 Each October, The Ohio State University presents a multi-day conference, Cybersecurity Days.

Sessions are offered for all skill levels because cybersecurity awareness happens wherever humans and technology connect. Being aware of threats makes us all safer and more productive.

2021 Cybersecurity Days are open to Ohio State students, faculty, staff, and invited guests and will be held virtually. This annual event is free and offers a diverse exhibition of cybersecurity topics. Participate in select sessions or stay the whole time. Detailed session information coming soon. Register now for:

  • Technical Forum - Wednesday, October 6
  • Community Forum - Wednesday, October 13

Click here for more information, including updates on speakers and session descriptions, and to register.

Invasive Species Webinar Series Videos:

The Invasive Species Webinar Series was held this summer from July 7 – August 4. Feel free to share these videos and use them as professional development, programming, and/or educational content for your work. Contact Sarah Orlando ( if you have questions.

  1. AIS, What’s That
  2. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
  3. Become a Citizen Scientist
  4. Terrestrial Invasive Plants
  5. Wild Boar in Ohio

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Series Update:

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Video Series Tom Blaine, Associate Professor, OSU Extension, CD, has been hosting a series on climate change titled Earth is Our Home, which is a production of OSU South Centers and co-hosted by Patrick Dengel. 

The purpose of this series is to give the viewer basic competence in discussing the factors that cause global temperatures to change, and how climate changes as a consequence. Please share this information with your clientele and peers via your networks and social media.

The most recent videos are:

  • What is a Global Alarmist?
    Why so many climatologists and others are sounding the alarm that we must act now to prevent climate catastrophe from occurring in the future
  • Tough Questions about Climate Change
    Is there a climate catastrophe looming in the future?
    Is sea level about to flood our coastal areas?
    Is it too late to stop all this?
    Is the fuss over global warming/climate change just hype?
  • Earlier Climate Change Scientists
    The earliest attempt by scientists (in the 19th century) to figure out if human activities could cause global warming

The entire series is based here. Episodes are about 30 minutes in length.



Outreach and Engagement Staff Grant Applications due September 30:

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is offering two new grants for university staff. The Outreach and Engagement Community Programs and Events Grant provides staff the opportunity to create and implement community engaged programs, while the Outreach and Engagement Professional Development Grant provides staff funding to further their career growth and development. Both grants are for a maximum of $500 and applications are due September 30. Read more.

Ohio JCEP Award Nominations due by October 1:

Award opportunities are now available to JCEP and ESP members. Listed below are the awards that are now live, and the contact for each area in case you have specific questions. Deadline is October 1.

Nominations – your chance to help others get the recognition they deserve!

  • Friend of Extension (Sam Custer,   Who can we nominate this year to represent CD?
  • Excellence in Extension (Travis West,

Awards – recognition of your creative and teaching and programming efforts!

Explore the Ohio JCEP Awards Website that includes winners for previous years for each award.

CFAES Awards - Call for Nominations due November 1:

The landing page for CFAES awards can be found here. It includes an awards grid outlining each award and criteria, a link to the Qualtrics nomination portal (see on website: Click Here to Nominate) and a link for additional nomination information for the Office of Research and Graduate Education awards. Note that some awards restrict to one nomination per TIU (department/school) or college unit. 
The following timeline applies to this awards season: 

  • Award Applications Due: November 1
  • Award Committees’ Selections Due: December 15 (with award recipients to be notified shortly after)
  • Award Recognition: Mid- to Late January at the CFAES Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the State of the College 

Streamlining this process also highlighted gaps and inequities across our mission areas and beyond. Some existing awards have been slightly modified, but of particular note is that new award areas have been added to address those gaps and inequities.

USDA to Prioritize Investments That Address Top Challenges in Rural Communities:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson recently announced that USDA Rural Development will give funding priority for projects to address some of the top challenges in rural America. Read the full stakeholder announcement here.

Visit Federal Funding Agencies - DC Days May 2022:

DC Days 2022 The Office for Research and Graduate Education (R&GE) is pleased to announce an opportunity for College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) faculty to visit federal funding agencies in May 2022.

The D.C. Days program encourages researchers to become more competitive by providing an opportunity to visit with federal program officers. This allows researchers to determine if a basic research concept matches the sponsor’s mission, seek advice concerning project design and appropriate funding track, and better understand the peer review process.

Meetings with program agencies will take place in Washington, DC. Approximately ten individuals will be chosen through a competitive application process to attend the three-day trip, which will take place from May 8-11, 2022. Group visits will be arranged at selected agencies on day one and the first half of day two. You are encouraged to schedule individual appointments with specific program officers of your choosing for the remainder of day two and on day three.

Overall, 33 faculty members have attended this amazing opportunity since 2014. Of the faculty that attended in 2019, 100% would recommend junior faculty participate in this experience. Click here for past trip recaps, pictures, and comments as well as application details. Application deadline is January 10, 2022.

Pam Schlegel ( serves as the point of contact for questions.



Director's August Video Update Recording Now Available:

Click here for the link to the August 25 recording of the Director’s Video Update. Click here for the PDF of Jackie’s video slides.

This year's remaining Director’s Video Updates will be held on October 6, November 17, and December 15. All video updates will be held at 9 a.m. A registration link will be forwarded two to three weeks prior to each update, and the videos will be recorded for those who cannot join live.

NCRCRD 2020 Impact Reports now Available:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development The 2020 Impact Reports as well as all previous reports are available on the NCRCRD website. OSU Extension also has several impact videos posted here.

The direct links for the 2020 reports are:

EEET Dashboard Update:

For those of you who completed the FY22 IDP training by August 6, here is an update on how to access the new EEET dashboard in Tableau:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your username and password and Buckeye Pass
  3. Select “Explore” from the left-hand menu
  4. Select “FAES - College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Services”
  5. Select “FAES - Extension Open Access” (The folder image is a block “O”). Note: Select the star to “favorite” the folder. In the future this folder will appear on the home page when you log in if you add it to your favorites.
  6. View “EEET Dashboard”

Reminder: This dashboard only showcases EEET data for events when you are listed as the primary instructor. Soon, dashboards will be launched for supervisors to view data. Additional dashboards will be launched to showcase survey results from other question blocks selected when using the CART system.

If you have issues accessing the dashboard, please contact Tim Byrne ( in OSU Extension, Learning and Organizational Development for support.

Submit a Fun Annual Conference Virtual Engagement Idea by September 17:

Extension Annual Conference Fun Ideas The Extension Annual Conference planning committee is offering all employees a chance to win a free conference registration!

The committee is seeking ideas about how to make virtual conferences fun and engaging. Have you attended an online conference and noticed some great strategies? If so, let them know. Do you have your own ideas about what might work with about, oh, 500 of your closest Extension friends in a virtual setting? If so, tell them.

They will choose three of the best ideas (one per person), and the three winners will each receive a free conference registration. The expert judging panel will be members of the conference logistics subcommittee. Act now to get your entries in by September 17. Winners will be announced October 1. Submit your ideas online at

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (August 2021)

Research News (September 2021)

Considering carbon markets? Look but don't leap (CFAES News)

New Ohio initiatives to address farm stress (CFAES News)

South Centers Connections (Summer 2021)

Community Connector Q&A: Karima Samadi (Ohio State Outreach and Engagement)

The Drop (NCRWN e-newsletter August 2021)

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